News for Friday 080913
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an executive order, setting dates for special elections to replace 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander. A primary is set for October 19th, with a November 16th general election. Supporters are already falling behind Columbia state Senator Neil Riser. Congressman Charles Boustany has endorsed Riser, and there are reports that Congressman John Fleming backs him too. Word is, Ruston Democrat state Senator Rick Gallot is likely to get in
the race, as is Monroe Democrat Rep. Marcus Hunter.
The Saints kick-off the preseason tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs. The starters will be on the field for just a few plays, but Saints radio color analyst Hokie Gajan says he hopes Charles Brown gets a long look at left tackle. The Saints will also show off their new 3-4 defense tonight and tonight is also the first time Coach Sean Payton will be on the sidelines for the Saints, since the playoff loss to San Francisco in January 2012. Hear the game on 96.9 KZMZ.
New research from Stanford University shows Louisiana leads the nation in student achievement at charter schools; ranking near the top in reading and math. Governor Bobby Jindal proudly made the announcement yesterday at a charter school in New Orleans. There are over 100 charter schools in our state; educating some 60-thousand kids. Jindal says charter schools can be especially helpful to kids from low-income homes and kids with disabilities.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has followed the lead of Colorado state University hurricane researchers and has revised its forecast for the remainder of the 2013 storm Season downward slightly. NOAA now expects no more than 19 named storms, but they've trimmed the number expected to become hurricanes down to between 6 and 9.
All the remaining evacuees from Sunday's train derailment in Lawtell, in St. Landry Parish, have been allowed to return home. Cleanup of debris and wrecked train cars is in its final stages, but
any hazardous materials being hauled have been safely moved from the area. Highway 190 is reopened, but State Police ask you still avoid the area if possible. The cost of that train wreck is still being calculated.
The pot has officially been stirred for LSU's season opener against TCU on August 31st -- but this is between coaches. TCU Coach Gary Patterson is criticizing Coach Les Miles for allowing the players to vote on Jeremy Hill's reinstatement. Patterson said the way Miles handled the situation doesn't teach life lessons.
Vanity Fair magazine places Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal in the Top Ten of its Best Dressed political wives list. The article praises Mrs. Jindal's style sense, and choice of "body-slimming
suits and lots of Republican-approved red".
The town of Gibsland in Bienville Parish is under investigation by several agencies for more than $80,000 in missing funds. They are also having troubles paying their bills. Entergy has warned they
will be shutting power off to them and the Red River Pump Specialist is suing them for nearly $20,000 in unpaid fees. On the 15th state officials will determine if a fiscal administrator needs to take over
the towns finances.
Officials say a 27-year-old woman will get 150 days in jail for coming to court drunk with her kids. They say Jessica Wood of Larose came to the Lafourche Parish court house on traffic charges, and the staff said they could smell alcohol. Apparently Wood also argued with the judge who then held her in contempt. The young children were put into the custody of the state.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office announces an arrest in last weekend's triple shooting in the parking lot of a Waffle House. Captain Dawn Foret says they booked 22-year-old Larry Chatman of Thibodaux and charged him with three counts of attempted second-degree murder. Foret says Chatman's bond has also been set at one-million dollars. The three people shot in the Waffle House parking lot are recovering from their injuries.
AT&T announces it will hold a job fair Saturday in Houma. The company is looking for technicians to work inside and outside testing equipment and services. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn on Martin Luther King Blvd from 9am-3pm.
Police in Gonzales, in Ascension Parish, seek a man dressed as a woman, who allegedly tried to rob a Capital One Bank branch, but apparently lost his nerve and left. Police Sgt. Steve Nethken says the suspect entered the bank wearing a wig, a woman's hat, black scrubs and carrying a purse. He wrote something on a deposit slip; presumably a hold-up note, but left before his turn in line came up. Nethken says they intend to charge the man with attempted robbery, once he's caught.
More than 700 men and women donning caps and gowns will leave their seats at LSU’s basketball arena Friday, shake hands with university bigwigs and then walk across the stage into their new lives as college graduates. Among the 715 graduates who will pack the arena will be students from 43 Louisiana parishes, 33 states and 32 foreign countries. Their ages range from 66 to 20.